The Fukushima disaster has brought a powerful new demographic to Japan's anti-nuclear movement: mothers.
Often, mothers and women want to leave Fukushima and protect their kids, while men tend to accept the line, from the government and the utility, Tepco, that “all is safe.” This can lead to conflict in a culture where women are taught not to challenge their husbands or government, figures of authority.
Many worried mothers leave Fukushima with their children while fathers remain behind. “Often husbands don’t want to support two households and they tell the wives to come back to Fukushima, or they’ll stop sending them money,” says Izumi. “As a result, we’re seeing an increase in divorce rates.”
The mothers ...demand the evacuation of all the families of Fukushima, where radiation emissions continue. They ask for tougher safety standards for food and drink in Japan, and an end to the practice of spreading and burning radioactive rubble from the contaminated zone throughout the country’s various prefectures. And, to prevent future disasters, they call for the permanent closure of all nuclear power plants in Japan and throughout the world.
Gender politics again, with women protecting people and men, somehow, ending up on the side of the 1% who sacrifice everyone's future for their profit. Big surprise.
Thanks for updating me on this topic. I always appreciate your posts. So the women are taught in that culture not to question the men, however, since the disaster they are rethinking this? I think that it is good that the women are thinking for themselves and now have decided to challenge the authority.
ah, another strong argument for why males and females of the human species are not equipped (in evolutionary terms) to live with each other... laying waste to the entire 'father figure' concept, which is but a modern illusion about 'family'. Throughout geological time, there is little evidence that males and females shared daily life.